Enyimba suspends Zachary Baraje & Monday Odigie indefinitely

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Barely four months in charge of the People’s Elephant, the duo have been relieved of their duties as coaches at the Aba based Nigeria Premier League club for a below par performance

Enyimba FC
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Enyimba have suspended its head coach, Zachary Baraje and assistant Monday Odigie indefinitely.

Former six-time Nigeria Premier League winners’ decision to part company with both coaches are linked to the two straight defeats in the hands of city rivals, Abia Warriors at home – first time in five years and the poor narrow loss to FC Taraba in Jalingo.

Baraje who joined the club from El-Kanemi Warriors in December last year had only taken charge of seven official games in the Caf Champions League and NPFL this season and has won three, lost three and drew one.

“Zachary Baraje and Monday Odigie have been suspended indefinitely. Coaches Baraje and Monday Odigie won’t be part of the technical crew in our next match. They have been suspended by the club indefinitely but no official word yet.

“The move is because the team failed to win at FC Taraba, and even played poorly. Plus the fact that they’ve done poorly since the season started.

“Remember the team lost at home to Abia Warriors and after that game, the club management handed them the ultimatum to win at FC Taraba or face the consequence which is what has now happened,” SuperSport.com quoted an Enyimba official as saying.

On the interim, the assistant coach, Imama Amapakabo, to take charge of their rescheduled match day 3 game against Warri Wolves this Wednesday after the team travelled straight to Warri from Taraba without Baraje and Odigie on the trip.
Confirming the temporal takeover of the Amapakabo, the club official website has reported the views of the caretaker coach about the importance of the encounter against the Seasiders in Warri.

“Our next game against Warri Wolves is one we will take with a lot of seriousness before returning to Aba to get to work on the flaws of the team,” Amapakabo told Enyimbafc.net.

It would be recalled earlier in March that Enyimba suspended their goalkeepers’ trainer, Shuaibu Suleiman, following the 2-1 home defeat to AS Real de Bamako in a Caf Champions League.

The People’s Elephant who faces the Seasiders on Wednesday in a rescheduled week 4 game occupies the 14th position in the NPFL standings with just four points from four matches.